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Aloe somaliensis

Aloe somaliensis was described in 1899, from plants that were raised at Kew from seeds that had been collected a few years before, probably at Sheikh pass in Somaliland Protectorate (as it was then called). It is now known to occur not … Continue reading

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Senecio (Kleinia) polytomus

Polytomus means something like much divided and refers to the fact that the plants are much more branched than in otherwise similar species like S. scottii and S. odora. In nature the plants form compact shrubs up to about a … Continue reading

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Aloe scobinifolia (2)

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Aloe scobinifolia (1)

Scobinifolia means “with rasp-like leaves”, referring to the fact that the leaves of this species are rough to the touch. The plants usually form small groups, with or without short stems. The inflorescence is 60-70 cm tall with yellow, orange … Continue reading

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Euphorbia ballyi (2)

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Euphorbia ballyi (1)

This little known species has a limited distribution on exposed south-facing limestone slopes and gravelly plains with sparse scrub in the Sanaag region of eastern Somaliland at an altitude of  1350-2000 m. The plants form compact sturdy shrubs up to 1.5 m … Continue reading

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Cotyledon barbeyi

There are not many plant species that occur from South Africa to the Arabian peninsula, but this is one of them. The photos in this post were taken in the mountainous Shikh area in Somaliland (see first picture). In years … Continue reading

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